Reads to Render You Grateful


One Thousand Gift by Ann Voskamp 

–“Prepare to leave this book a changed person. It will rev you up to not only be grateful for what you have, but also to dare to live, and not be just content with what you have. Absolutely life-altering.” -Kirsten Stewart, HHI

Just like you, author Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?”

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted... a life we can take, give thanks for and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones; we are wildly loved by God.

Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.

Come live the best dare of all!

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

–“The Joy of Living is a great book to read if you need an eye-opener. It impacted my life by making me realize in order to be successful, I had to get out of my own way. It teaches you about awareness, meditation, your inner wealth and your inner health.” –Carla Genther, Bluffton

An illuminating perspective on the science of meditation—and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.

In The Joy of Living, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche—the “happiest man in the world”—invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets to finding joy and contentment in the everyday. With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, Yongey Mingyur weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience. Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through everyday problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

Born in 1975 in Nubri, Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters trained outside of Tibet. He is deeply versed in the practical and philosophical disciplines of the ancient tradition.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

–“Tuesdays with Morrie” is truly a life-changing book. I first read this book in college in a reflective honors course, and since  then I’ve read it two more times. Each time I read this book it affects me in a different way and allows me to apply Morrie’s lessons to whichever stage of life I’m in at the time. It is a must read for any age!” -Lindsay Gifford, Beaufort

Maybe it was a grandparent, a teacher, or a colleague. Possibly it was someone older, wiser and more patient who understood you when you were young and searching, who helped you see the world as a more profound place and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class:” Lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.

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